Nemosine Singularity


Well, here it is – the Nemosine Singularity. That’s probably the very worst thing about this pen – the name. Nemo sine is “nobody without” in Latin.  Nobody without what?  Singularity is defined as “the condition of being singular” or “a point at which a function takes an infinite value – such as at the centre of a black hole”. Pretentious, much?

As you can see, this one’s a demonstrator. I bought it because it was the cheapest one I could get at the time. I actually hate demonstrators. They’re a silly modern thing that bears no resemblance to the demonstrators that a salesman would have carried at one time. Those were constructed to show the clever filling system that they contained. You don’t need a demonstrator to show how a converter works. You just unscrew the barrel and there’s the converter. Stupidest of all is the eyedropper-filler demonstrator. Yes, you put ink in the barrel, and there it is: ink. In the barrel. Quod erat demonstrandum, seeing we are on a Latin kick.
Now that I have finished showing how clever I am let’s get onto the pen. It’s a hair short of 14 cm and it’s pretty sturdily made. The plastic is crystal clear, which is a good thing, in the sense that if you have to have a demonstrator you might as well do it properly. The trim is bright, shiny chrome-plating. The cap ring has “Nemosine” etched around its circumference. Without even unscrewing the cap (it’s a demonstrator, remember) one can see that the section is black and nicely sculpted. The nib is bright steel and has a butterfly-like decoration. It’s probably a Bulow. Not much one can say about a converter except that this one is well made and takes in a good draught of ink.
The pen posts deeply and well which is important to me as I’m an inveterate poster of pens. Can’t use them any other way. The nib is a bit strange. It looks like a .8 mm stub but what I’m getting is a medium line with a very slight line variation. A little bit of re-shaping would make it more stub-like or I could even make it an italic, but I think I’ll leave it as it is. It’s very smooth and has great ink-flow. The only real fault I can identify with this pen is the spray of ink droplets inside the cap. I haven’t been walking around with this pen. It’s only been sitting on the desk. Of course, I’m only aware because it’s a demonstrator. Another reason for my loathing.
The pen cost me £17.74. It’s another example of those very cheap pens that make one wonder why one should pay large loads of loot for a pen that has a better name but performs not a whit better. It’s a very good pen indeed and I might even be able to overcome my aversion for demonstrators in this case, and in this case only.

IMGP2425Excuse the writing sample! I kept getting it into my head that this was a .6 mm stub. It really is a .8 mm.


7 thoughts on “Nemosine Singularity

  1. I’ve heard more good than bad about these pens: the nibs are supposed to be very nice for the money. They come in all sorts of colours as well, seemingly new colours added all the time.

    I too cannot stand demonstrators. But when I saw the TWSBI Mini with black cap and piston knob and clear barrel, I went for it. Why? I realized what I hate about demonstrators is the mess inside the cap visible for all to see. Now I admit it’s kind of neat to have a bright, colourful ink sloshing around in there, with the black ends making a nice contrast.

      1. Well, I did have a cracked barrel. And a cracked replacement. But third time’s a charm, I think they’ve sorted that issue. I use the Mini as an ink tester. The piston is a nice feature, but if one unscrews the section there is a small hole though which one can syringe a sample of ink into the barrel. Nifty!

  2. As one who likes demonstrators and often eye-droppers them, I am bemused by your revulsion.

    But do heartily agree the Singularity is a very good pen at the price point. I too have the .8 and have opened the flow a bit as it was dry to my useage. I’ve just purchased another (blue) demonstrator for a friend and the metal Fission in 1.1. They are currently having a half price sale so…

    I believe the pen parts are made in India, except the nibs, and assembled and individually tested in the U.S.A.

    The acrylic is of good quality and the ribbing at various points distributes stress well.

    1. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me! Also, if you look carefully you might notice a flavour of humour in there.

      Otherwise, it is a thoroughly good pen, as I say.

  3. This was one of the first modern pens I ever bought, back in the dim recesses of 2012(?). It’s a good model, in fact one year we bought a large consignment, had them engraved and used them as prizes for our top Arts students. I particularly like the clip.

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